Aurora, Illinois

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Aurora is a city located in the northeastern region of the present-day U.S. state of Illinois.  Prior to European conquest, this area was a Potawatomi village.  However, by 1834, following the Black Hawk War, the McCarty and Lake Brothers bought land on both sides of the Fox River.  Initially, Aurora, Illinois was comprised of two villages: East Aurora, which was incorporated in 1845, and West Aurora, which was incorporated in 1854.  In 1857, these villages officially joined together and incorporated into the city of Aurora, Illinois.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, Aurora, Illinois has a total population of 201,110 people.  This makes it the second most populous city in the state of Illinois and the 114th most populous city in the United States.  Aurora, Illinois is also considered part of the outer region of the Greater Chicago area.  The Greater Chicago area, according to that same 2016 U.S. Census Bureau estimate, has a total population of 9,537,289 people.  This makes it the 3rd most populous metropolitan area in the country.

Aurora, Illinois sits on the edge of the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor.  However, the city has had a long manufacturing tradition.  In fact, Aurora, Illinois has been (and still is) the home for manufacturers such as Lyon Workspace Products, The Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Company, Barber-Greene Company, the Chicago Corset Company, the Aurora Brewing Company, Stephens-Adamson Company, Caterpillar Inc., Allsteel Metals, National Metalwares, and Western Wheeled Scraper Works (later Austin-Western Inc.).

According to Aurora, Illinois’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employer in the region is Caterpillar, responsible for 2,500 jobs.  Rush-Copley Medical Center comes in second, employing 2,000 people, while West Aurora Public School District 129 has 1,500 employees.

Elsewhere around the city of Aurora, Illinois is a major Hindu temple, the Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple of Greater Chicago.  Of course, this temple is hardly the only architectural landmark of note in Aurora, Illinois.  The city also boasts the Paramount Theatre.  The Paramount Theatre, which was built in 1931, was designed by Rapp and Rapp in the Art Deco style with Venetian elements.  The Paramount Theatre is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is also considered a U.S. Historic District Contributing Property.  Leland Tower is also considered a U.S. Historic District Contributing Property and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  This twenty-two-story building was once Illinois’s tallest building outside of Chicago.  It was built in 1928.

Aurora, Illinois is also home to Aurora University.  Aurora University, which was established in 1893, is a private, nonprofit, co-educational liberal arts college.  As of 2010, Aurora University had an endowment of $39.1 million, with about 4,500 students enrolled into its programs in total.  Within Aurora University’s campus sits the Aurora College Complex (Eckhart, Davis & Wilkinson Halls), which was built in 1912 in the Tudor Revival style, is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  Aurora University’s Spartans, who play in NCAA Division III, joined said division in 1982.  Since that time, the Spartans have won 103 conference championships in total, while appearing in 59 NCAA tournaments.

Is there any chance you might be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Aurora, Illinois area?  Have you ever considered the possibility of opening such an enterprise?  The resources listed below may be able to guide you, should you choose to embark upon a quest such as this:


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